Raissa Recommends

“Raissa Recommends” is my blog containing metaphysical musings and where I suggest some of the best performers and shows in the New York City area, as well as my favorite websites.

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  • Bill Zeffiro at La Rivista

    Bill Zeffiro at La Rivista

    8:00 pm-11:59 pm
    Apr/Tue/2019

    313 W 46th St, New York, NY 10036

    313 W 46th St, New York, NY 10036

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  • Bill Zeffiro at La Rivista

    Bill Zeffiro at La Rivista

    8:00 pm-11:59 pm
    Apr/Fri/2019

    313 W 46th St, New York, NY 10036

    313 W 46th St, New York, NY 10036

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  • Eric Comstock at Birdland

    Eric Comstock at Birdland

    5:30 pm-6:30 pm
    Apr/Sat/2019

    315 W 44th St, New York, NY 10036, USA

    315 W 44th St, New York, NY 10036, USA

    Eric Comstock
    Saturday April 6, 2019

    Doors: 5:00 PM
    Show: 5:30 PM

    $30
  • Bill Zeffiro at La Rivista

    Bill Zeffiro at La Rivista

    8:00 pm-11:59 pm
    Apr/Sat/2019

    313 W 46th St, New York, NY 10036

    313 W 46th St, New York, NY 10036

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  • Gabrielle Stravelli at Birdland

    Gabrielle Stravelli at Birdland

    7:00 pm-8:30 pm
    Apr/Sun/2019

    315 W 44th St, New York, NY 10036, USA

    315 W 44th St, New York, NY 10036, USA

    Gabrielle Stravelli
    Sunday Apr 7, 2019

    Doors: 5:00 PM
    Show: 6:00 PM

    $30
  • SALON OPEN MIC AT DON’T TELL MAMA

    SALON OPEN MIC AT DON’T TELL MAMA

    7:30 pm-10:30 pm
    Apr/Sun/2019

    343 West 46th St, NYC 10036

    343 West 46th St, NYC 10036

    SALON OPEN MIC AT DON’T TELL MAMA

    April 7, 2019
    Theme: Mixed Bag – A Salon Potpourri
    Co-Host: Luba Mason
    Salon Spotlight: Lucille Carr-Kaffashan

    SALON is an ongoing open entertainment event in which singers, writers and musicians share their talent with each other and audience members. Doors open at 7pm for sign-up. We begin at 7:30, take a 15-minute break around 9pm and end at 10:30. If you would like to sign up to perform, see one the evening’s ‘Mamettes’ to fill out a card with your name, the name of your song, whether or not Mark will be playing for you and any upcoming events you’d like to promote. We do not present performers in order of sign-up, however, indicating requests as clearly and as early as possible as far as time restraints are concerned always makes everything much more possible.  ALWAYS BRING SEVERAL SONG SELECTIONS to avoid duplication. All types of material, on or off theme are always welcome at Salon. We enthusiastically welcome instrumentalists, poets, playwrights, essayists, comics, illusionists and performance artists. Please limit your selections to three or four minutes in length (including patter). Please also bring clear, complete charts for Mark to read. Flash photography is not allowed. Please turn off all noise making devices and give performers your undivided attention.

    $10.00 cover charge (cash at the door) and a $15 food/beverage minimum (cash or credit).

    Videography available for an additional fee.

    Approximate running time: 3 hours

    Seating and Sign-Up from 7pm

    www.markjanasthesalon.com

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  • Bill Zeffiro at La Rivista

    Bill Zeffiro at La Rivista

    8:00 pm-11:59 pm
    Apr/Tue/2019

    313 W 46th St, New York, NY 10036

    313 W 46th St, New York, NY 10036

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  • Raissa Katona Bennett on Law & Order SVU

    Raissa Katona Bennett on Law & Order SVU

    10:00 pm-11:00 pm
    Apr/Thu/2019

    Law & Order SVU “The Good Girl” Episode Information

    Here are the details for a new episode of Law & Order SVU, “The Good Girl.”

    Law & Order SVU “The Good Girl” Air Date April 11, 2019 (10 PM ET/9C Thursday NBC)

    Benson (Mariska Hargitay) works to uncover a pregnant teenager’s secret when she refuses to name the baby’s father. Also starring Kelli Giddish, Peter Scanavino and Philip Winchester. Guest starring Derek Cecil (Garrett Howard), Eowyn Young (Mackenzie Tolliver), JD Taylor (Quentin Dreyfus), Richard Prioleau (John Woodward) and Pamela Mitchell (Penelope Archer).

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  • Bill Zeffiro at La Rivista

    Bill Zeffiro at La Rivista

    8:00 pm-11:59 pm
    Apr/Fri/2019

    313 W 46th St, New York, NY 10036

    313 W 46th St, New York, NY 10036

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  • Eric Comstock at Birdland

    Eric Comstock at Birdland

    5:30 pm-6:30 pm
    Apr/Sat/2019

    315 W 44th St, New York, NY 10036, USA

    315 W 44th St, New York, NY 10036, USA

    Eric Comstock
    Saturday April 13, 2019

    Doors: 5:00 PM
    Show: 5:30 PM

    $30
  • Bill Zeffiro at La Rivista

    Bill Zeffiro at La Rivista

    8:00 pm-11:59 pm
    Apr/Sat/2019

    313 W 46th St, New York, NY 10036

    313 W 46th St, New York, NY 10036

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  • SALON OPEN MIC AT DON’T TELL MAMA

    SALON OPEN MIC AT DON’T TELL MAMA

    7:30 pm-10:30 pm
    Apr/Sun/2019

    343 West 46th St, NYC 10036

    343 West 46th St, NYC 10036

    SALON OPEN MIC AT DON’T TELL MAMA

    Theme: Death & Taxes – Things You Can’t Escape
    Co-Host: Andrea Axelrod 

    SALON is an ongoing open entertainment event in which singers, writers and musicians share their talent with each other and audience members. Doors open at 7pm for sign-up. We begin at 7:30, take a 15-minute break around 9pm and end at 10:30. If you would like to sign up to perform, see one the evening’s ‘Mamettes’ to fill out a card with your name, the name of your song, whether or not Mark will be playing for you and any upcoming events you’d like to promote. We do not present performers in order of sign-up, however, indicating requests as clearly and as early as possible as far as time restraints are concerned always makes everything much more possible.  ALWAYS BRING SEVERAL SONG SELECTIONS to avoid duplication. All types of material, on or off theme are always welcome at Salon. We enthusiastically welcome instrumentalists, poets, playwrights, essayists, comics, illusionists and performance artists. Please limit your selections to three or four minutes in length (including patter). Please also bring clear, complete charts for Mark to read. Flash photography is not allowed. Please turn off all noise making devices and give performers your undivided attention.

    $10.00 cover charge (cash at the door) and a $15 food/beverage minimum (cash or credit).

    Videography available for an additional fee.

    Approximate running time: 3 hours

    Seating and Sign-Up from 7pm

    www.markjanasthesalon.com

  • I ONLY HAVE LIES FOR YOU

    I ONLY HAVE LIES FOR YOU

    9:30 pm-11:00 pm
    Apr/Sun/2019

    407 W 42nd St, New York, NY 10036, USA

    407 W 42nd St, New York, NY 10036, USA

    Nikki M. James and Amy Wolk present a hilarious, fast-paced game show featuring Broadway panelists as they lie their way to the top. Hosted by MAC Award winner Amy Wolk with William TN Hall at the piano, and a panel of Broadway favorites.

    Sun, April 14th  9:30pm – 11:00pm

    $15 cover and a $20 food and beverage minimum per person

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  • Anthony Nunziata Just Me And You

    Anthony Nunziata Just Me And You

    7:00 pm-8:00 pm
    Apr/Mon/2019

    570 Tenth Ave 4th Floor inside YOTEL New York, NY 10036

    570 Tenth Ave 4th Floor inside YOTEL New York, NY 10036

  • Jamie deRoy & Friends

    Jamie deRoy & Friends

    7:00 pm-8:00 pm
    Apr/Mon/2019

    315 W 44th St, New York, NY 10036, USA

    315 W 44th St, New York, NY 10036, USA

    Jamie deRoy & friends
    Birdland
    Monday, April 15 at 7pm

    The Broadway at Birdland concert series is pleased to announce that hostess/producer Jamie deRoy will be bringing her multi-MAC Award-winning Variety Show, Jamie deRoy & friends, back to Birdland on Monday, April 15 at 7pm. Proceeds from the evening will benefit The Actors Fund: Jamie deRoy & friends Cabaret Initiative.

    Special guests at Jamie deRoy & friends will be Christina Bianco, Mike Birbiglia (The New One), E. Clayton Cornelious (Ain’t Too Proud), John Pizzarelli & Jessica Molaskey and Haley Swindal (Chicago, Jekyll and Hyde). The show will be directed by Barry Kleinbort, and musical directed by Ron Abel.

    This colorful cabaret series has been thrilling New York City audiences for the past 25 years and serves as the basis for deRoy’s award-winning cable television show which spotlights well-known entertainers and newcomers that are lighting up the marquees of cabaret, theater, music and comedy. Jamie deRoy has won three Tony Awards, eight MAC Awards, four Back Stage Bistro Awards and ten Telly Awards for her extensive work on both stage and screen. She has appeared onstage with Joan Rivers and has headlined at many of New York’s major clubs. She has produced nine CDs in the Jamie deRoy & friends series, all of which are available on Harbinger and PS Classics labels.

    Jamie deRoy & friends
    Birdland, 315 West 44 Street, NYC
    Monday, April 15 at 7pm
    www.BirdlandJazz.com
    $60 VIP/$35 General Seating, $10 food/beverage minimum

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  • Bill Zeffiro at La Rivista

    Bill Zeffiro at La Rivista

    8:00 pm-11:59 pm
    Apr/Tue/2019

    313 W 46th St, New York, NY 10036

    313 W 46th St, New York, NY 10036

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  • Sharon McNight Red Hot Mama: The Sophie Tucker Songbook

    Sharon McNight Red Hot Mama: The Sophie Tucker Songbook

    7:00 pm-8:00 pm
    Apr/Thu/2019

    Feinstein’s/54 Below, West 54th Street, New York, NY, United States

    Feinstein’s/54 Below, West 54th Street, New York, NY, United States

    Red Hot Mama: The Sophie Tucker Story is the story of the first lady of show business, the “Last of the Red Hot Mamas,” whose remarkable career spanned sixty years. It contains the music and history of burlesque, vaudeville, Broadway, and Las Vegas in a critically acclaimed one-woman musical biography of the entertainment legend, written by and starring Sharon McNight, and featuring over two dozen songs made famous by Tucker, including composers Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, George and Ira Gershwin, Henderson, DeSylva, & Brown, and her 1928 million record seller, Jack Yellen’s “My Yiddishe Mama.”

    Sharon McNight made her Broadway debut in 1989 in Starmites, creating the role of Diva. She received a Tony Award nomination for her performance and is the recipient of the coveted Theatre World Award for Outstanding Broadway Debut as well. She has six solo recordings to her credit, and has played from the Moose Hall to Carnegie Hall, from Los Angeles to Berlin. She has won six San Francisco Cabaret Gold Awards, a MAC Award, a Bistro Award, and a New York Nightlife Award.

     

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  • Bill Zeffiro at La Rivista

    Bill Zeffiro at La Rivista

    8:00 pm-11:59 pm
    Apr/Fri/2019

    313 W 46th St, New York, NY 10036

    313 W 46th St, New York, NY 10036

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  • Eric Comstock at Birdland

    Eric Comstock at Birdland

    5:30 pm-6:30 pm
    Apr/Sat/2019

    315 W 44th St, New York, NY 10036, USA

    315 W 44th St, New York, NY 10036, USA

    Eric Comstock
    Saturday April 20, 2019

    Doors: 5:00 PM
    Show: 5:30 PM

    $30
  • Bill Zeffiro at La Rivista

    Bill Zeffiro at La Rivista

    8:00 pm-11:59 pm
    Apr/Sat/2019

    313 W 46th St, New York, NY 10036

    313 W 46th St, New York, NY 10036

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  • Church With A 2-Drink Minimum at Don’t Tell Mama

    Church With A 2-Drink Minimum at Don’t Tell Mama

    3:00 pm-4:30 pm
    Apr/Sun/2019

    343 West 46th St, NYC 10036

    343 West 46th St, NYC 10036

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  • Celia Berk Comes Love

    Celia Berk Comes Love

    7:00 pm-8:00 pm
    Apr/Tue/2019

    315 W 44th St, New York, NY 10036, USA

    315 W 44th St, New York, NY 10036, USA

    Celia Berk with Pianist Sean Gough

    Celia Berk with Pianist Sean Gough

    Tuesday 4/23

    Doors: 5:30 pm / Show: 7:00 pm

    Birdland Theater

    $20.00 – $30.00

    Celia Berk with Pianist Sean Gough
    Celia Berk with Pianist Sean Gough
    “Comes Love”
    April 23 at 7pm
    Birdland Theater

    Birdland Theater is proud to present singer Celia Berk, along with pianist Sean Gough, in “Comes Love,” on Tuesday, April 23 at 7pm.
    “Comes Love” introduces Bistro, BroadwayWorld, MAC and Margaret Whiting Award winner Celia Berk in her new collaboration with pianist Sean Gough. Meeting at an intersection between jazz and cabaret, they have created a program of songs about love, including the kinds of hidden gems by great songwriters that have become Celia’s trademark. They are joined by Birdland favorite, bassist Steve Doyle.
    Celia Berk has released two critically acclaimed albums, garnered awards for her two solo cabaret shows at the Metropolitan Room, and made memorable appearances at Carnegie Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center and The Town Hall. Celia has attracted attention from some of the most prominent proponents of The Great American Songbook. Rex Reed calls her “One of the best singers I’ve heard in a long time.” Stephen Holden wrote in The New York Times, “Ms. Berk makes you feel about New York the same way a Cole Porter song makes you feel about Paris.” Her recordings are played around the world and are available on iTunes, Amazon, CDBaby and Pandora. www.GramercyNightingale.com
    Sean Gough is best known for his more than decade-long collaboration with veteran bass player Gene Perla, with whom he has appeared across the United States and in Europe, including clubs Smalls, Zinc and Knickerbocker in New York. From a young age, Sean has accompanied his grandfather, Metropolitan Opera tenor Ronald Naldi, in recitals. Sean’s writings have appeared in JazzTimes and on Ethan Iverson’s “Do the Math” and “Do the Gig” blogs. https://seangough.org/
    Steve Doyle has performed in New York and around the world with many noteworthy artists including Tony Award-winning vocalist Christine Ebersole and Grammy award winner Billy Stritch, and currently plays concert dates with the Countess Luann de Lesseps of Bravo’s New York Housewives. Every Monday, Steve can be found performing at Birdland for Jim Caruso’s Cast Party. https://www.stevedoyle.com/

    CELIA BERK with Pianist Sean Gough
    “Comes Love”
    Tuesday, April 23 at 7pm
    Birdland Theater, 315 West 44 Street, NYC
    $30 cover, $10 food/drink minimum per person

  • Bill Zeffiro at La Rivista

    Bill Zeffiro at La Rivista

    8:00 pm-11:59 pm
    Apr/Tue/2019

    313 W 46th St, New York, NY 10036

    313 W 46th St, New York, NY 10036

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  • Bill Zeffiro at La Rivista

    Bill Zeffiro at La Rivista

    8:00 pm-11:59 pm
    Apr/Fri/2019

    313 W 46th St, New York, NY 10036

    313 W 46th St, New York, NY 10036

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  • SEAN HARKNESS, MARCUS SIMEONE AND LINA KOUTRAKOS “Clearly Now” 

    SEAN HARKNESS, MARCUS SIMEONE AND LINA KOUTRAKOS “Clearly Now” 

    3:00 pm-4:00 pm
    Apr/Sat/2019

    The Triad, West 72nd Street, New York, NY, United States

    The Triad, West 72nd Street, New York, NY, United States

    SEAN HARKNESS, MARCUS SIMEONE AND LINA KOUTRAKOS “Clearly Now”

    Sean Harkness, Marcus Simeone and Lina Koutrakos “Clearly Now”

    Award-Winning Singers & Guitarist

    With Sean on the guitar and all 3 trading off on vocals, they will do about 3 solos a piece, a few songs in 3 part harmony and if they are lucky at least 3 encores!
    Singing and playing songs from artist like Bonnie Raitt, Otis Redding and Sean Harkness these 3 are joining forces mostly because they love making music together and are putting it on the stage in the hopes that you all will enjoy  it as much as they will!
  • Sue Matsuki Ella & Me at BJ’s Magnolia Room

    Sue Matsuki Ella & Me at BJ’s Magnolia Room

    8:00 pm-9:00 pm
    Apr/Sat/2019

    57 Main St, Norwalk, CT 06851, USA

    57 Main St, Norwalk, CT 06851, USA

    Sue Matsuki’s award-winning and longest running show, Ella & Me, comes to The Magnolia Room on April 27th at 8:00 pm. The show will feature Sue’s long-time Musical Director, Gregory Toroian and other musicians to be announced soon. Sue’s connection to Ella goes way back. All the tunes in this show are songs made famous by Ella but this is a show about how Ella spoke to and influenced Sue’s life and singing. Sue actually says that no one can sing like Ella so all one can do is celebrate her music in their own way and in their own voice. This is Sue’s celebration of this incredible music icon.

    Regular Seat – $20 (in advance) $30 (at the door)

    High Stool – $20 (in advance) $30 (at the door)

    +$20 Food & Beverage Minimum

  • Bill Zeffiro at La Rivista

    Bill Zeffiro at La Rivista

    8:00 pm-11:59 pm
    Apr/Sat/2019

    313 W 46th St, New York, NY 10036

    313 W 46th St, New York, NY 10036

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  • SALON OPEN MIC AT DON’T TELL MAMA

    SALON OPEN MIC AT DON’T TELL MAMA

    7:30 pm-10:30 pm
    Apr/Sun/2019

    343 West 46th St, NYC 10036

    343 West 46th St, NYC 10036

    SALON OPEN MIC AT DON’T TELL MAMA

    April 28, 2019
    Theme: Reckless Love
    Co-Host: Carolyn Montgomery-Forant

    SALON is an ongoing open entertainment event in which singers, writers and musicians share their talent with each other and audience members. Doors open at 7pm for sign-up. We begin at 7:30, take a 15-minute break around 9pm and end at 10:30. If you would like to sign up to perform, see one the evening’s ‘Mamettes’ to fill out a card with your name, the name of your song, whether or not Mark will be playing for you and any upcoming events you’d like to promote. We do not present performers in order of sign-up, however, indicating requests as clearly and as early as possible as far as time restraints are concerned always makes everything much more possible.  ALWAYS BRING SEVERAL SONG SELECTIONS to avoid duplication. All types of material, on or off theme are always welcome at Salon. We enthusiastically welcome instrumentalists, poets, playwrights, essayists, comics, illusionists and performance artists. Please limit your selections to three or four minutes in length (including patter). Please also bring clear, complete charts for Mark to read. Flash photography is not allowed. Please turn off all noise making devices and give performers your undivided attention.

    $10.00 cover charge (cash at the door) and a $15 food/beverage minimum (cash or credit).

    Videography available for an additional fee.

    Approximate running time: 3 hours

    Seating and Sign-Up from 7pm

    www.markjanasthesalon.com

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  • Natalie Douglas Nat Sings Nat: The Songs of Nat King Cole

    Natalie Douglas Nat Sings Nat: The Songs of Nat King Cole

    7:00 pm-8:00 pm
    Apr/Mon/2019

    315 W 44th St, New York, NY 10036, USA

    315 W 44th St, New York, NY 10036, USA

    Natalie Douglas “Nat Sings Nat: The Songs of Nat King Cole” With Mark Hartman
    Monday Apr 29, 2019

    Doors: 5:30 PM
    Show: 7:00 PM

    $35
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